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    Anarchy Along The Jersey Shore And On Long Island In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

    Anarchy Along The Jersey Shore And On Long Island In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

    By Michael, on November 1st, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy is another reminder of just how incredibly fragile the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis really is. Many of the hardest hit areas along the Jersey shore and the coast of Long Island have descended into a state of anarchy.

    More than 7 million people live on Long Island, and millions more live along the Jersey shore and right now they are getting a taste of what life would be like during a total economic meltdown. At the moment, there are still approximately 4.7 million homes and businesses that do not have power.

    Officials say that some of those homes and businesses may not have their power restored until the weekend of November 10th and 11th.

    Meanwhile, it is getting very cold at night. This weekend the low temperatures on Long Island are supposed to dip into the upper thirties.

    There have been reports of people diving into dumpsters behind supermarkets in a desperate search for food, and there have been other reports of roaming gangs of criminals posing as officials from FEMA or Con Edison and then robbing families at gunpoint once they have gained entrance into their homes.

    If people will behave like this during a temporary emergency that lasts only a few days, what would they do during a total economic collapse? That is a frightening thing to think about.

    Most gas stations along the Jersey shore and on Long Island are either totally out of gasoline or they don't have any power to operate the gas pumps. It is estimated that more than half of all gas stations in New York City are closed at the moment, and officials say that more than 80 percent of all gas stations in New Jersey are not able to sell gas right now. So needless to say, the lines at the gas stations that remain open are horrific.

    It is being reported that some people are waiting in line for hours for gasoline in some areas and that state troopers have actually been deployed at every gas station along the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

    The following is how one New Jersey mayor described the situation...

    "Gas lines are stretching for a couple of miles," said Anthony Ammiano, mayor of Freehold, N.J., who recalled the oil crisis of the 1970s. "It's like the Jimmy Carter years. It's a flashback of bad memories."

    There have even been reports of people literally fighting each other over gasoline...

    “It’s so crazy. Cars are pulling up and people are fighting each other. There is no gas around here,” said Mena Aziz, who manages a Gulf Express station in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. “It’s been so busy.”

    According to Breitbart, there have been continuous reports of "fistfights and people bringing guns to gas stations" on Twitter. The following are a couple of examples...

    Just awful! RT @metrogypsy: Someone just pulled a knife at Greenpoint #gas station as line stretches with hours long wait #gettingrealFAST
    — Camila Xavier (@camilaxavier) November 1, 2012

    You know things are bad when you ask the gas station attendent "when do you think you're going to get more gas?" and he just laughs at you.
    — Prede (@predederva) November 1, 2012

    Unfortunately, authorities are projecting that the gas shortage may last for another week at least.

    How angry and frustrated will people get by that time?

    There are vast stretches of the Jersey Shore and the coast of Long Island that will never be the same again. The following is an excerpt from a comment that a reader of mine from Long Island left on one of my recent articles...

    I live in Massapequa NY …..No power to 95%. almost every home south of Merrick Road ( 1.5 miles from open water ) has been flooded. No electricity, no supermarkets in immediate area, no gas (approx 80% of gas stations closed on Long Island).

    This was not just another storm. It was a life-altering event for millions of people.

    Unfortunately, just as we have seen after every other major storm in recent years, looters are taking advantage of the chaos caused by Hurricane Sandy.

    According to the New York Post, a number of arrests for looting have already been made on Long Island...

    In the Rockaways, lowlifes were sneaking into clothing stores and cleaning out pizzerias. Two men and a woman were arrested for robbing a BP gas station on Beach Channel Drive, three men and one woman were cuffed for pillaging a Radio Shack on Beach 88th Street, and two people were arrested for raiding a clothing store near Beach 86th Street, cops said. Stores were emptied along a two-block stretch of Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island. Seven people were busted.

    Over on Coney Island, looting appeared to be out of control during the immediate aftermath of the storm...

    Thieves broke in to the badly damaged Mega Aid Pharmacy on Mermaid Avenue and reportedly stole more than 10,000 pharmaceutical items, including prescription drugs.

    "The water went away and these people started walking down the streets and just robbed stores," a pharmacy worker told HuffPo's Andy Campbell.

    Manager Stan Gutkin said the major heist essentially "breaks the business."

    Looters reportedly also targeted banks, other shops, and other pharmacies.

    And residents are noticing.

    "People are turning on each other -- they're attacking each other," Ocean Towers resident Dena Wells told Campbell.

    Amazingly, a number of not-so-smart looters have actually been displaying their looted goods on Twitter. Just check out the shocking photos in this article.

    But most people living in the areas that were most affected by Hurricane Sandy are decent people that just want some assistance. One resident of Hoboken, New Jersey became so frustrated that he inflated an air mattress and used it to float down to city hall in an attempt to get some answers...

    Nearly 20,000 people have been trapped at home in the New Jersey city of Hoboken, just across the Hudson River from New York City, amid accusations that officials were slow to deliver food and water.

    One man blew up an air mattress and floated to City Hall, demanding to know why supplies had not reached residents - at least a quarter of homes there are flooded and 90% do not have power.

    Just like we saw after Hurricane Katrina, the response by the federal government and by big aid agencies such as the Red Cross has been very slow. In fact, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro has gone so far as to call the Red Cross an "absolute disgrace" and is urging people that live in his area to quit giving money to them...

    "You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying.

    Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars. Whenever there’s a drive in Staten Island, we give openly and honestly. Where are they? Where are they?

    I was at the South Shore yesterday, people were buried in their homes. There the dogs are trying to find bodies. The people there, the neighbors who had no electricity, were making soup. Making soup. It’s very emotional because the lack of a response. The lack of a response. They’re supposed to be here….They should be on the front lines fighting, and helping the people."

    If this is how angry and frustrated that people become over a temporary disaster, how angry and frustrated would they get if there was a total economic meltdown that was permanent?

    Sadly, the truth is that what we are seeing during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is just a very small preview of what is coming on a national level.

    Our economy is a complete and total mess right now, and things are going to get a whole lot worse.

    When unemployment starts skyrocketing again and large segments of the population realize that there is no hope for a turnaround, many of them are going to totally give in to despair and become very desperate.

    And as we are seeing along the Jersey Shore and on Long Island right now, desperate people do desperate things.

    That is why I am constantly pounding on the need to prepare for what is ahead. There are signs of social decay all around us, and most Americans are not equipped to deal with the pressures that come with a major emergency. When things totally fall apart, you don't want your family to be totally unprepared and surrounded by millions of angry and desperate people.

    Hopefully Hurricane Sandy will serve as a wake up call for millions of American families. Time is definitely running out, and we all need to get prepared while we still can.

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    18 Startling Quotes About The Incredible Destruction Caused By Hurricane Sandy

    By Michael, on October 30th, 2012

    It is hard to put into words the absolute devastation that we are seeing along many areas of the east coast right now. Boats have been washed ashore, homes have been razed, some coastal roads have been essentially destroyed, and large numbers of people are still trapped in their homes by flood waters. It is being reported that more than 50 people are dead and more than 8 million people along the east coast have lost power. Those without power might not get it back for a week or more. In New York City, an all-time record storm surge of almost 14 feet caused incredible destruction. It is going to take months for New York City to recover, and along the Jersey coast things are even worse. Hurricane Sandy really did turn out to be "the worst case scenario" for much of the eastern seaboard. At this point more than 15,000 flights have been cancelled, and nobody knows when subway service in New York City is going to be restored. More than 4 million people a day use that subway system, and right now many of the most important tunnels are absolutely flooded with water. Sadly, this crisis is far from over. The storm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy has moved inland over Pennsylvania where it continues to do a tremendous amount of damage. The full extent of the destruction caused by this storm will probably not be known for weeks.

    We have truly seen some unprecedented things during this storm. For example, a 168 foot long tanker was driven ashore on Staten Island. Right now the tanker is sitting on Front Street.

    In the beachfront Queens neighborhood of Breezy Point, a massive fire broke out and burned just about everything that was not already flooded. The blaze destroyed close to 100 homes, and by the end of the fire more than 190 firefighters were battling it.

    Some areas in the West Virginia mountains have already had up to 3 feet of snow, and yet it just continues to fall. When all of that snow starts to melt in a few days, tremendous flooding is anticipated.

    The northeast has never seen a storm quite like this, and the ripple effects are going to be felt for years to come.

    The following are 18 startling quotes about the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy...

    #1 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
    "The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."

    #2 MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota
    "The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots. As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery. Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal."

    #3 Hoboken, New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer
    "The Hudson River came in and filled half of Hoboken like a bathtub"

    #4 Little Ferry resident Leo Quigley
    "I looked out and the next thing you know, the water just came up through the grates. It came up so quickly you couldn’t do anything about it. If you wanted to move your car to higher ground you didn’t have enough time"

    #5 New Jersey resident Montgomery Dahm
    "I mean, there's cars that are just completely underwater in some of the places I would never believe that there would be water."

    #6 Mobile home park resident Juan Allen
    "I watched a tree crush a guy's house like a wet sponge."

    #7 Angela Valenta, mother of 9-year-old Angelo Valenta
    "He kept saying, 'Am I going to die?'"

    #8 U.S. Representative Bob Turner
    "I, along with many other Breezy Point residents, lost our homes last night and I am grateful that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm. I hope you will join me in lending a hand to those who were less fortunate and keep everyone impacted by this storm in your thoughts and prayers."

    #9 Long Branch, New Jersey resident David Arnold
    "The ocean is in the road, there are trees down everywhere. I’ve never seen it this bad."

    #10 New York resident William Yaeck
    "I am looking outside of my sixth-floor apartment, and I see that a new lake has formed in the parking lot adjacent (to) my building"

    #11 Motel owner Peter Sandomeno
    "There are boats in the street five blocks from the ocean"

    #12 West Virginia meteorologist Reed Timmer
    "It's 3 feet of heavy snow. It's like concrete"

    #13 Maryland State Police dispatcher Bill Wiltson
    "It’s like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs up here"

    #14 Con Edison spokeswoman Sara Banda
    "This is the largest storm-related outage in history"

    #15 John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Con Edison
    "This will be one for the record books"

    #16 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    "Clearly the challenges our city faces in the coming days are enormous"

    #17 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
    "You want to talk about a situation that gets old very quickly. You are sitting in a house with no power and you can't open the refrigerator"

    #18 National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina
    "It was an extremely devastating and destructive storm, hopefully one that people will only see once in their lifetime"

    So what will this storm ultimately cost the U.S. economy? Well, Fox News is reporting that the total cost could reach 45 billion dollars. Others estimate that the economic toll may be even higher than that.

    But one thing is for certain - at a time when layoffs are already surging, this is definitely not going to help. The U.S. economy is showing lots of signs of slowing down again, and this storm may have just nudged us even farther in that direction.

    Hopefully we will have some time to recover before the next major crisis strikes, but with the election coming up early next week that does not seem too likely.

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    Staten Island isn't fairing too well either.

    Info on how you can help:

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    Link fixed. Plus, tomorrow I'll have some links for local charities people can contribute to.
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